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Lenovo IdeaPad 500-15ACZ Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 03/06/2016

Disappointing. It has been a while since we have had a laptop based on a dual graphics solution by AMD. However, Lenovo seemingly does everything to let the IdeaPad look as bad as possible in our tests.

For the original German review, see here.

The IdeaPad 500-15ACZ is the identically built sister model of Lenovo's Z51-70 that we have already tested twice. Both lineups have a dedicated Radeon graphics unit in common. Their processors differ though. While Lenovo relies on Intel models for its Z51-70, APUs by AMD are installed in the IdeaPad. Rivals of the IdeaPad are laptops like Acer's Aspire E5-573GHP's Pavilion 15 and Dell's Inspiron 15-5558.

Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ (Ideapad 500 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R6 M340DX - 2048 MB, Core: 1030 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, DDR3, 15.301.1801.1001 (Crimson 16.1.1)
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3-1600, single-channel, two memory banks (one filled)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, Chi Mei N156HGE-EAB, TN LED, glossy: no
Storage
Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 850 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC235 @ AMD K15.6 - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio, Card Reader: SD, AMD PSP 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Broadcom 802.11ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
Matshita DVD-RAM UJ8HC
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 24.6 x 384 x 265 ( = 0.97 x 15.12 x 10.43 in)
Battery
32 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Lenovo Photo Master, Cyberlink Power2Go 8, Lenovo PowerDVD 12, McAfee LiveSafe - Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.3 kg ( = 81.13 oz / 5.07 pounds), Power Supply: 339 g ( = 11.96 oz / 0.75 pounds)
Price
599 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

As said, the same casing is used for the IdeaPad 500-15ACZ as for Lenovo's Z51-70. It is made largely of plastic. Only the base unit's upper side is silver-colored metal. The same is true for the display bezel. The bottom tray and lid's back are black. The casing does not have a maintenance hatch, and thus the casing has to be disassembled to access the innards. More about that later.

The build is largely acceptable. The gaps are sometimes not quite even. The laptop does not exhibit any major flaws in stiffness, either. The casing can be dented on the keyboard's left and right as well as below the touchpad - but that is the case in most laptops. The base unit can be twisted a bit too much for our taste. We would have expected a higher stiffness here. That is especially true for the lid. Pressure on the back causes image distortions. The hinges keep the lid firmly in position, but it rocks slightly. Opening the lid with one hand is possible.

Connectivity

The laptop's interfaces are no surprise. The standard ports are installed. Two of the three USB ports support the USB 3.0 standard. Somewhat unusual for Lenovo is the Gigabit Ethernet socket. The company normally only incorporates Fast Ethernet solutions in consumer laptops. The interface positioning is less than ideal. They are level with the wrist rest.

Left: Power socket, VGA-out, Gigabit-Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, One-Key Recovery button (recessed)
Left: Power socket, VGA-out, Gigabit-Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, One-Key Recovery button (recessed)
Right: Combo audio, USB 2.0, memory card reader, DVD burner, Kensington Lock slot
Right: Combo audio, USB 2.0, memory card reader, DVD burner, Kensington Lock slot

Communication

A Wi-Fi module with a Broadcom chip operates in the IdeaPad. It supports the Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standards and provides Bluetooth 4.0 functionality. The connection between the laptop and Wi-Fi router was always stable. Connection losses were not noticed in a 15-meter (~49 ft) radius around the router. The Gigabit Ethernet chip in the laptop comes from Realtek. It is the well-known model from the RTL8168/8111 family that we find in many laptops. It does an impeccable job.

Memory Card Reader

The installed memory card reader is relatively slow. It achieves a maximum transfer rate of 33.2 MB/s when copying large data blocks. Transferring 250 JPG image files (approx. 5 MB each) is performed at a speed of 16.7 MB/s. We test the memory card reader with our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II reference card.

Accessories

The IdeaPad is shipped with the usual accessories: A quick start poster and warranty information.

Operating System

The laptop is delivered with Windows 10 Home (64-bit) preloaded. A recovery DVD is not included.

Maintenance

Since the IdeaPad does not have a maintenance hatch, the casing has to be opened for maintenance/upgrade purposes. First, the keyboard has to be removed. It is fixed by three screws. The retaining screw for the optical drive is underneath the keyboard, and has to be released to remove the drive. Here, two more screws that fix the base tray have to be released. Finally, the screws on the underside have to be released before removing the base cover. It is recommended to read the IdeaPad's maintenance manual beforehand.

Warranty

Lenovo furnishes its IdeaPad with a two-year warranty - including pick-up service. Upgrading to three years costs approximately 35 Euros (~$39), and roughly 55 Euros (~$61) are due for a three-year on-site warranty.


Input Devices

Keyboard

The IdeaPad is furnished with an unlit keyboard. The flat, lightly roughened keys have a short drop and clear pressure point. The keyboard clearly rocks in some areas. This yielding leads to a spongy typing feel. Lenovo should have fixed the keyboard with two or three more screws. The keyboard is sufficient for home use, but it is not suitable for prolific writers.

Touchpad

The multi-touchpad has a surface area of approximately 10.2 x 5.4 cm (~4 x 2.1 in). Thus, it provides enough room for using gestures. The diverse gestures can be turned on and off in the pad's configuration menu according to personal needs. The pad's lightly roughened surface does not prevent the finger from gliding. Both mouse keys have a short drop and clear pressure point.

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

The 15.6-inch screen in the IdeaPad has a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The brightness (220.9 cd/m²) is low, just like the contrast (486:1). We expect more from both rates. Positive: The screen never displays PWM flickering.

233
cd/m²
232
cd/m²
210
cd/m²
217
cd/m²
238
cd/m²
200
cd/m²
216
cd/m²
231
cd/m²
211
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Chi Mei N156HGE-EAB
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 238 cd/m² Average: 220.9 cd/m² Minimum: 11 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 238 cd/m²
Contrast: 486:1 (Black: 0.49 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 11.19 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 11.53 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
60% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 38% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.41

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9461 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The screen has a DeltaE 2000 color shift of 11.19 in delivery state. That is too high; a rate less than 3 would be desirable. Beyond that, the display exhibits a bluish tint. Neither the AdobeRGB nor the sRGB color spaces are reproduced. The coverage rate here is 38 percent (AdobeRGB) and 60 percent (sRGB).

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
24 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8 ms rise
↘ 16 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 33 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
43 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21 ms rise
↘ 22 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 60 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (40.1 ms).

Lenovo furnishes the laptop with a viewing angle dependent TN panel. Consequently, the screen is not legible from every position. The angle is quite generous horizontally, and several people can look at the screen simultaneously. Changing the vertical angle quickly leads to image distortions. The IdeaPad is not suited to outdoor use. Its low brightness and contrast only allow use in the shade or in overcast conditions.

The IdeaPad outdoors
The IdeaPad outdoors
Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
TN LED, 1920x1080
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
TN LED, 1366x768
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
TN-Panel, 1920x1080
Lenovo Z51-70
TN LED, 1920x1080
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
TN LED, 1920x1080
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
IPS, 1920x1080
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
TN LED, 1366x768
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
TN LED, 1366x768
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
IPS, 1920x1080
Response Times
28%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
43 (21, 22)
24 (12, 12)
44%
Response Time Black / White *
24 (8, 16)
21 (6, 15)
12%
PWM Frequency
50 (30)
Screen
-4%
-3%
1%
-1%
23%
8%
24%
48%
Brightness middle
238
240
1%
202
-15%
229
-4%
218
-8%
177
-26%
251
5%
245
3%
294
24%
Brightness
221
231
5%
200
-10%
214
-3%
206
-7%
176
-20%
231
5%
236
7%
285
29%
Brightness Distribution
84
86
2%
86
2%
85
1%
89
6%
78
-7%
86
2%
86
2%
83
-1%
Black Level *
0.49
0.63
-29%
0.66
-35%
0.45
8%
0.46
6%
0.15
69%
0.53
-8%
0.31
37%
0.26
47%
Contrast
486
381
-22%
306
-37%
509
5%
474
-2%
1180
143%
474
-2%
790
63%
1131
133%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
11.19
10.51
6%
8.72
22%
10.51
6%
11.08
1%
8.52
24%
7.92
29%
6.6
41%
5.07
55%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
19.6
9.33
52%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
11.53
11.51
-0%
9.22
20%
11.32
2%
11.72
-2%
9.72
16%
8.9
23%
6.96
40%
4.25
63%
Gamma
2.41 91%
2.27 97%
2.17 101%
2.47 89%
2.48 89%
1.85 119%
2.18 101%
2.35 94%
2.49 88%
CCT
13057 50%
12512 52%
10298 63%
12795 51%
13526 48%
5036 129%
9917 66%
8450 77%
6597 99%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
38
38
0%
42.4
12%
38
0%
37.8
-1%
39
3%
41
8%
43
13%
54
42%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
60
60
0%
66.8
11%
59
-2%
59.3
-1%
61
2%
65
8%
66
10%
83
38%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-4% / -4%
-3% / -3%
1% / 1%
-1% / -1%
23% / 23%
8% / 8%
24% / 24%
38% / 45%

* ... smaller is better

Performance

Lenovo's IdeaPad 500-15ACZ belongs to the 15.6-inch multimedia all-rounders. It has enough computing power for routine use and can render games smoothly. Our review sample is sold for almost 600 Euros (~$661). Other configurations exist. The currently cheapest model of the lineup costs just below 500 Euros (~$551). It is largely identical with our review sample. However, a 128 GB SSD is installed instead of an HDD and only 4 GB of working memory rather than 8 GB are present. Lenovo's Z51-70 lineup expands the offer. Here, Intel processors are paired with AMD graphic chips.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
LatencyMon
 

Processor

The IdeaPad is furnished with an A10-8700P by AMD. The model is from AMD's latest Carrizo APU generation. The CPU part of the APU is a quad-core processor that clocks at a base speed of 1.8 GHz. It can be boosted up to 3.2 GHz via Turbo. The APU allows varying its TDP (12 to 35 watts). Lenovo opted for a rate of 15 watts so to be on par with Intel's Core i processors. However, that also prevents the APU from developing its full potential. The processor performed our CPU tests at 2.3 GHz. One core was occasionally boosted to 3.2 GHz in single thread tests.

AMD's APU cannot compete with most Intel processors. It is on par with Core i3 processors from the Haswell generation in terms of multithread performance. However, AMD needs four cores to achieve the performance that Intel retrieves from two cores. Intel has a clear edge in single thread applications. When converting the results of AMD's APU to its theoretical maximum speed, it could definitely reach into the regions of the Core i5 processors - at a higher power consumption.

The APU is soldered
The APU is soldered
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
4411
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
6385
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2325
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
21.14 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.34 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.87 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
26.43 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
195 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
74 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
74 Points ∼60%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
107 Points ∼86% +45%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
63 Points ∼51% -15%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
112 Points ∼90% +51%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
108 Points ∼87% +46%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
105 Points ∼85% +42%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
96 Points ∼77% +30%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
124 Points ∼100% +68%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
97 Points ∼78% +31%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
81 Points ∼65% +9%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
85 Points ∼69% +15%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
114 Points ∼92% +54%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
65 Points ∼52% -12%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
195 Points ∼61%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
258 Points ∼81% +32%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
195 Points ∼61% 0%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
289 Points ∼91% +48%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
261 Points ∼82% +34%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
260 Points ∼82% +33%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
259 Points ∼81% +33%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
319 Points ∼100% +64%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
260 Points ∼82% +33%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
206 Points ∼65% +6%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
217 Points ∼68% +11%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
282 Points ∼88% +45%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
163 Points ∼51% -16%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
0.87 Points ∼60%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.26 Points ∼87% +45%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
0.79 Points ∼54% -9%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
1.42 Points ∼98% +63%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.26 Points ∼87% +45%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.24 Points ∼86% +43%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
1.13 Points ∼78% +30%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
1.45 Points ∼100% +67%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
1.25 Points ∼86% +44%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
0.92 Points ∼63% +6%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.97 Points ∼67% +11%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
1.32 Points ∼91% +52%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.69 Points ∼48% -21%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2.34 Points ∼66%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.76 Points ∼78% +18%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.3 Points ∼65% -2%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
3.18 Points ∼90% +36%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2.8 Points ∼79% +20%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2.73 Points ∼77% +17%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
2.84 Points ∼80% +21%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
3.55 Points ∼100% +52%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2.83 Points ∼80% +21%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2.28 Points ∼64% -3%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2.32 Points ∼65% -1%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
3.18 Points ∼90% +36%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1.76 Points ∼50% -25%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2325 Points ∼48%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4003 Points ∼82% +72%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2170 Points ∼45% -7%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
4651 Points ∼95% +100%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4137 Points ∼85% +78%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4174 Points ∼86% +80%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
4176 Points ∼86% +80%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
4871 Points ∼100% +110%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
4158 Points ∼85% +79%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3113 Points ∼64% +34%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3114 Points ∼64% +34%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
4357 Points ∼89% +87%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2345 Points ∼48% +1%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
6385 Points ∼58%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
8579 Points ∼78% +34%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
6403 Points ∼58% 0%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
9792 Points ∼89% +53%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
8642 Points ∼79% +35%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
8500 Points ∼77% +33%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
8509 Points ∼77% +33%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
11004 Points ∼100% +72%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
8723 Points ∼79% +37%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
6897 Points ∼63% +8%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
7222 Points ∼66% +13%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
7776 Points ∼71% +22%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
5194 Points ∼47% -19%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
4550 Points ∼75%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5312 Points ∼87% +17%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4578 Points ∼75% +1%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
5955 Points ∼98% +31%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
5304 Points ∼87% +17%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
5009 Points ∼82% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
6092 Points ∼100% +34%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
4948 Points ∼81% +9%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
4540 Points ∼75% 0%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
5558 Points ∼91% +22%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3421 Points ∼56% -25%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
1944 Points ∼68%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2675 Points ∼94% +38%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1941 Points ∼68% 0%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2858 Points ∼100% +47%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2653 Points ∼93% +36%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2500 Points ∼87% +29%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
2816 Points ∼99% +45%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2465 Points ∼86% +27%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2167 Points ∼76% +11%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
2577 Points ∼90% +33%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1693 Points ∼59% -13%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
226.1 ms * ∼100%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
124.7 ms * ∼55% +45%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
154 ms * ∼68% +32%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
96.9 ms * ∼43% +57%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
115.6 ms * ∼51% +49%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
110.1 ms * ∼49% +51%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
85.9 ms * ∼38% +62%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
110.8 ms * ∼49% +51%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
136.3 ms * ∼60% +40%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
160.3 ms * ∼71% +29%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
108.3 ms * ∼48% +52%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
203.6 ms * ∼90% +10%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
109.87 Points ∼58%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
101.32 Points ∼53% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
189.6 Points ∼100% +73%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
181.3 Points ∼96% +65%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2266.9 ms * ∼54%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2577.5 ms * ∼62% -14%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2263 ms * ∼54% -0%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2275 ms * ∼55% -0%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2554 ms * ∼61% -13%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2577.2 ms * ∼62% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
1103.9 ms * ∼27% +51%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2555.7 ms * ∼61% -13%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3232.3 ms * ∼78% -43%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
1278.9 ms * ∼31% +44%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
4164.3 ms * ∼100% -84%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
15801 Points ∼53%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
11380 Points ∼38% -28%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
15276 Points ∼51% -3%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
14240 Points ∼48% -10%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
12753 Points ∼43% -19%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
12716 Points ∼43% -20%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
29745 Points ∼100% +88%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
13228 Points ∼44% -16%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
10182 Points ∼34% -36%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
27029 Points ∼91% +71%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
7213 Points ∼24% -54%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
1580 Points ∼52%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2397 Points ∼78% +52%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1743 Points ∼57% +10%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2744 Points ∼90% +74%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2420 Points ∼79% +53%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
3055 Points ∼100% +93%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2400 Points ∼79% +52%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1946 Points ∼64% +23%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
2630 Points ∼86% +66%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1531 Points ∼50% -3%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system runs smoothly; we did not encounter problems. The PCMark benchmarks scores are good. It is noticed that the IdeaPad achieves better rates than comparable Core i3 laptops. That is primarily owed to both AMD graphic units. The PCMark 8 benchmark especially benefits from these GPUs. The system performance of Lenovo's laptop can be increased. The most effective action would be swapping the HDD for an SSD. The system would then respond faster and loading times would be shorter. Beyond that, a second working memory module could be installed. The working memory would then operate in dual-channel mode. The integrated GPU would then be utilized better and provide more performance. Consequently, the performance of the entire dual graphics solution should improve.

Two working memory banks are present
Two working memory banks are present
PCMark 7 Score
2366 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2485 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2991 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3290 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2485 Points ∼69%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3377 Points ∼93% +36%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2825 Points ∼78% +14%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
3069 Points ∼85% +24%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2830 Points ∼78% +14%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3130 Points ∼87% +26%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
3612 Points ∼100% +45%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
3595 Points ∼100% +45%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
3136 Points ∼87% +26%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2752 Points ∼76% +11%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2972 Points ∼82% +20%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
2961 Points ∼82% +19%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2101 Points ∼58% -15%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2366 Points ∼46%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3607 Points ∼71% +52%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3290 Points ∼64% +39%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2937 Points ∼58% +24%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2736 Points ∼54% +16%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
5071 Points ∼99% +114%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
5102 Points ∼100% +116%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2492 Points ∼49% +5%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2520 Points ∼49% +7%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2574 Points ∼50% +9%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2148 Points ∼42% -9%

Storage Device

Data is stored on a 2.5-inch hard drive by Seagate. It spins at 5400 revolutions per minute and has a capacity of 1 TB. The transfer rates are on a normal level for 5400 RPM models.

Replacing the HDD is possible
Replacing the HDD is possible
Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
Transfer Rate Minimum: 29.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 112.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 85.1 MB/s
Access Time: 17.4 ms
Burst Rate: 257.8 MB/s
CPU Usage: 6.9 %

Graphics Card

The IdeaPad carries two graphics cores: The integrated Radeon R6 chip and the dedicated Radeon R5 M330 GPU. The integrated graphics chip is enabled in routine use and battery mode. Both cores work together in performance-driven applications (AMD Dual Graphics). The two AMD GPUs operate in CrossFire mode and take turns in calculating frames (Alternate Frame Rendering). That is the difference to switchable graphics. The latter only utilizes the dedicated GPU. The 3DMark benchmarks scores place the dual graphics solution between the GeForce 920M and GeForce 930M graphics cards in terms of performance. The dual graphics solution installed here is called Radeon R6 M340DX. It can be disabled in the laptop's BIOS. Only the integrated GPU is then active.

The dual graphics solution does not seem to function without errors. The benchmark in the game "Dirt Rally" could not be launched. The game recurrently crashed. The same happened when starting the game "Thief". In this case, a crashing graphics driver was responsible.

The dedicated GPU has 2048 MB of memory
The dedicated GPU has 2048 MB of memory
3DMark 06 Standard
5388 points
3DMark 11 Performance
2240 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
39049 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
4906 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1169 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
641 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2240 Points ∼69%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2539 Points ∼78% +13%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2701 Points ∼83% +21%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2437 Points ∼75% +9%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1793 Points ∼55% -20%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2172 Points ∼66% -3%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
3269 Points ∼100% +46%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y700-15ACZ
Radeon R7 (Carrizo), FX-8800P
1716 Points ∼52% -23%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
2689 Points ∼82% +20%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
1698 Points ∼52% -24%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1748 Points ∼53% -22%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1766 Points ∼54% -21%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
2227 Points ∼68% -1%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1349 Points ∼41% -40%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
1169 Points ∼69%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1499 Points ∼89% +28%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1687 Points ∼100% +44%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
1391 Points ∼82% +19%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1050 Points ∼62% -10%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1011 Points ∼60% -14%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
1514 Points ∼90% +30%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
1654 Points ∼98% +41%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
900 Points ∼53% -23%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1056 Points ∼63% -10%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1045 Points ∼62% -11%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
1314 Points ∼78% +12%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
829 Points ∼49% -29%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
4459 Points ∼79%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5644 Points ∼100% +27%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
5398 Points ∼96% +21%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3984 Points ∼71% -11%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3768 Points ∼67% -15%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
3638 Points ∼64% -18%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3907 Points ∼69% -12%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
5037 Points ∼89% +13%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2872 Points ∼51% -36%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
4906 Points ∼69%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
6492 Points ∼92% +32%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5261 Points ∼74% +7%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
6512 Points ∼92% +33%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
5193 Points ∼73% +6%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4377 Points ∼62% -11%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
5932 Points ∼84% +21%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y700-15ACZ
Radeon R7 (Carrizo), FX-8800P
4274 Points ∼60% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
7083 Points ∼100% +44%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
4645 Points ∼66% -5%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
5045 Points ∼71% +3%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
5142 Points ∼73% +5%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
6065 Points ∼86% +24%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3954 Points ∼56% -19%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
39049 Points ∼66%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
59535 Points ∼100% +52%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
41517 Points ∼70% +6%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
49599 Points ∼83% +27%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
44189 Points ∼74% +13%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
30669 Points ∼52% -21%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y700-15ACZ
Radeon R7 (Carrizo), FX-8800P
43429 Points ∼73% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
34736 Points ∼58% -11%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
44842 Points ∼75% +15%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
47293 Points ∼79% +21%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
53548 Points ∼90% +37%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
45401 Points ∼76% +16%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
42918 Points ∼72% +10%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
5388 Points ∼42%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
8336 Points ∼64% +55%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
8179 Points ∼63% +52%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
11543 Points ∼89% +114%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y700-15ACZ
Radeon R7 (Carrizo), FX-8800P
5731 Points ∼44% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
12983 Points ∼100% +141%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
5840 Points ∼45% +8%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
8626 Points ∼66% +60%

Gaming Performance

The IdeaPad can render many computer games smoothly. However, the user has to be happy with low resolutions and low to medium quality settings. The screen's native resolution (Full HD) cannot be used in any game. Performance-driven games like "Black Ops 3" will never reach a smooth frame rate. A weakness of dual graphic solutions is micro-stuttering although the frame rates would be high enough for a smooth image. AMD has apparently made improvements here. The installed dual graphics solution did not exhibit any micro-stutters.

The dual graphics solution's performance is roughly between that of a GeForce 920M and GeForce 930M in the 3DMark benchmarks. The gaming benchmarks present a similar picture. The frame rates of the dual graphics solution are on the level of a GeForce 920M laptop in many cases. However, AMD has a clear lead in some games and a GeForce 920M GPU achieves higher frame rates in others. GeForce 920M laptops would therefore be an inexpensive alternative for the IdeaPad.

Another laptop would be needed for more gaming power. For example, Acer's Aspire E5-573G might come in question. This laptop is furnished with a GeForce 940M graphics card and starts at approximately 500 Euros (~$551). Full HD models start at 600 Euros (~$661).

low med. high ultra
Diablo III (2012) 68.842.132.720.9fps
Hitman: Absolution (2012) 26.121.410.54.4fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 8345.33216.6fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 45.826.121.68fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 4027.717.66.5fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 89.544.620.712.5fps
Sims 4 (2014) 99.637.517.1fps
F1 2014 (2014) 55373318fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 30.520.27.24.8fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 47.63310.16.4fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 17.611.45.83.1fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 171463fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 4728.5107.2fps
World of Warships (2015) 47.633.81712fps
FIFA 16 (2015) 56.140.423.9fps
Anno 2205 (2015) 30.516.46.73.1fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (2015) 31.919.810.3fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 19.412.86.74.1fps
Star Wars Battlefront (2015) 33.920.59.56.9fps
Rainbow Six Siege (2015) 44.327.213.310.6fps
Just Cause 3 (2015) 18.5168.96.1fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 19.311.86.53.2fps
XCOM 2 (2016) 16.45.42.2fps
Tomb Raider - 1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
45.3 fps ∼61%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
68.3 fps ∼92% +51%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
74.5 fps ∼100% +64%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
61.6 fps ∼83% +36%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
43.3 fps ∼58% -4%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
36.7 fps ∼49% -19%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
50 fps ∼67% +10%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
31.6 fps ∼42% -30%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
42.9 fps ∼58% -5%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
58.4 fps ∼78% +29%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
39.6 fps ∼53% -13%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
26.8 fps ∼36% -41%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
37.4 fps ∼50% -17%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
37 fps ∼50% -18%
BioShock Infinite - 1280x720 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
45.8 fps ∼51%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
68.1 fps ∼76% +49%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
89.2 fps ∼100% +95%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
62.42 fps ∼70% +36%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
64.1 fps ∼72% +40%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
73.4 fps ∼82% +60%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
55.3 fps ∼62% +21%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
63.9 fps ∼72% +40%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
58.9 fps ∼66% +29%
Diablo III - 1366x768 Medium / low (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
42.1 fps ∼58%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
72.7 fps ∼100% +73%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
35.1 fps ∼48% -17%
GRID: Autosport - 1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
44.6 fps ∼86%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
47.4 fps ∼91% +6%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
46.7 fps ∼90% +5%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
51.9 fps ∼100% +16%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
38.9 fps ∼75% -13%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
32.2 fps ∼62% -28%
F1 2014 - 1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
37 fps ∼55%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
40 fps ∼60% +8%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
67 fps ∼100% +81%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
33 fps ∼49% -11%
Battlefield Hardline - 1024x768 Low Graphics Quality (DX11) (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
47.6 fps ∼80%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
51.2 fps ∼86% +8%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
59.3 fps ∼100% +25%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
45.1 fps ∼76% -5%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
40.9 fps ∼69% -14%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
34.5 fps ∼58% -28%
World of Warships - 1366x768 Low Preset AF:Trilinear (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
47.6 fps ∼92%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
50.2 fps ∼97% +5%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
51.6 fps ∼100% +8%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
49.1 fps ∼95% +3%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
50.1 fps ∼97% +5%
FIFA 16 - 1280x720 Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
56.1 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
54.8 fps ∼98% -2%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
50 fps ∼89% -11%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
51 fps ∼91% -9%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
55.1 fps ∼98% -2%
Star Wars Battlefront - 1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
33.9 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
21.6 fps ∼64% -36%
Rainbow Six Siege - 1024x768 Low Preset AA:T AF:Linear (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
44.3 fps ∼71%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
62 fps ∼100% +40%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
37.7 fps ∼61% -15%

Radeon R6 M340DX vs. Radeon R6 (Carrizo)/Radeon R5 M330

dual graphics solution does not guarantee frame rates higher than when the graphics units operate singly. However, it applies to most games we tested. The integrated Radeon R6 chip is the stronger of both GPUs. When the integrated GPU works alone and can fall back on a working memory that operates in dual-channel mode, it often comes close to the dual graphics solution.

We used the IdeaPad's option of disabling the dual graphics solution and performed benchmarks using the integrated Radeon R6 (Carrizo) GPU for comparison purposes. The two Pavilion laptops in the chart are both furnished with two working memory modules. Thus, their memories operate in dual-channel mode, which utilizes the GPU better and provides more power. The frame rates show that clear performance gains are possible. The dual graphics solution's frame rates would also climb when the IdeaPad is furnished with a second working memory module.

Tomb Raider - 1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
45.3 fps ∼100%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
24.2 fps ∼53% -47%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
37.4 fps ∼83% -17%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
37 fps ∼82% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Radeon R5 M330, 6500U, Toshiba HG6 THNSFJ256GCSU
30 fps ∼66% -34%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
26.8 fps ∼59% -41%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
26.2 fps ∼58% -42%
BioShock Infinite - 1280x720 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
45.8 fps ∼72%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
42.1 fps ∼66% -8%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
63.9 fps ∼100% +40%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
58.9 fps ∼92% +29%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Radeon R5 M330, 6500U, Toshiba HG6 THNSFJ256GCSU
46.5 fps ∼73% +2%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
46.3 fps ∼72% +1%
Star Wars Battlefront - 1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
33.9 fps ∼99%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
20.5 fps ∼60% -40%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
21.6 fps ∼63% -36%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Radeon R5 M330, 6500U, Toshiba HG6 THNSFJ256GCSU
34.3 fps ∼100% +1%
FIFA 16 - 1280x720 Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
56.1 fps ∼100%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
44.2 fps ∼79% -21%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
55.1 fps ∼98% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
51 fps ∼91% -9%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2240 Points ∼100%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
1306 Points ∼58% -42%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
1576 Points ∼70% -30%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
1550 Points ∼69% -31%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Radeon R5 M330, 6500U, Toshiba HG6 THNSFJ256GCSU
1869 Points ∼83% -17%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
1782 Points ∼80% -20%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1723 Points ∼77% -23%
3DMark - 1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
39049 Points ∼95%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
29465 Points ∼72% -25%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
41176 Points ∼100% +5%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
40360 Points ∼98% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad L460-20FVS01400
Radeon R5 M330, 6500U, Toshiba HG6 THNSFJ256GCSU
29533 Points ∼72% -24%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
36301 Points ∼88% -7%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
28314 Points ∼69% -27%

Emissions

System Noise

The fan spins at a low speed in idle mode. It occasionally speeds up for a moment, however; any noise is primarily the hard drive. Replacing the HDD with an SSD would lead to more silence. The fan recurrently speeds up under low load. The user will soon find that annoying when he wants to work in silence. The fan does not speed up excessively during full load. We measured a noise level of 38.9 dB(A) in the stress test. It is noticed here that the APU's Turbo is virtually not utilized. Lenovo should generally rework the fan management. A look at the casing's temperatures show that the fan could usually remain disabled in idle mode and during low load.

Fan
Fan

Noise Level

Idle
33.1 / 33.3 / 33.5 dB(A)
HDD
33.4 dB(A)
DVD
36.5 / dB(A)
Load
38.9 / 38.9 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1 Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 31.3 dB(A)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
A10-8700P, Radeon R6 M340DX
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
5200U, GeForce 940M
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
A10-8700P, Radeon R8 M365DX
Lenovo Z51-70
5200U, Radeon R9 M375
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
5200U, Radeon R7 M360
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
5200U, GeForce 920M
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
5200U, Radeon R5 M240
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
5010U, GeForce 920M
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
6200U, GeForce 930M
Noise
-2%
1%
1%
-1%
-7%
-3%
0%
10%
off / environment *
31.3
22
30%
Idle Minimum *
33.1
32
3%
30.7
7%
32.1
3%
31.6
5%
33.5
-1%
32.6
2%
32
3%
31.3
5%
Idle Average *
33.3
32
4%
30.7
8%
32.1
4%
34
-2%
33.5
-1%
32.8
2%
32.4
3%
31.3
6%
Idle Maximum *
33.5
32.2
4%
30.7
8%
32.8
2%
34.6
-3%
33.5
-0%
32.8
2%
33.6
-0%
32.2
4%
Load Average *
38.9
43.1
-11%
40.1
-3%
39.4
-1%
38.2
2%
45.9
-18%
41.6
-7%
38.3
2%
36.4
6%
Load Maximum *
38.9
43.5
-12%
44.3
-14%
40.7
-5%
40.7
-5%
45.3
-16%
44.7
-15%
41.8
-7%
36.6
6%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The Ideapad in the stress test
The IdeaPad in the stress test

The IdeaPad performed our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) in AC and battery mode in a slightly different manner. The processor clocked at 2.4 GHz for 1 to 2 minutes. Then it is throttled to 1.8 GHz (battery mode) and 1.6 to 1.8 GHz (AC mode). The dual graphics solution runs at full speed in AC mode. Both cores are throttled to 400 MHz in battery mode. The laptop does not heat up excessively. The temperatures remain below 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) on all measuring points.

Max. Load
 36 °C
97 F
34.8 °C
95 F
23.6 °C
74 F
 
 35.6 °C
96 F
35.4 °C
96 F
23.6 °C
74 F
 
 30.4 °C
87 F
35 °C
95 F
27 °C
81 F
 
Maximum: 36 °C = 97 F
Average: 31.3 °C = 88 F
27.4 °C
81 F
31 °C
88 F
31.9 °C
89 F
26.1 °C
79 F
39.2 °C
103 F
36.3 °C
97 F
24 °C
75 F
29.1 °C
84 F
32 °C
90 F
Maximum: 39.2 °C = 103 F
Average: 30.8 °C = 87 F
Power Supply (max.)  43.4 °C = 110 F | Room Temperature 20.4 °C = 69 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.3 °C / 88 F, compared to the average of 30.9 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 36 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 39.2 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.6 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (35 °C / 95 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (-5.9 °C / -10.6 F).
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
A10-8700P, Radeon R6 M340DX
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
5200U, GeForce 940M
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
A10-8700P, Radeon R8 M365DX
Lenovo Z51-70
5200U, Radeon R9 M375
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
5200U, Radeon R7 M360
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
5200U, GeForce 920M
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
5200U, Radeon R5 M240
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
5010U, GeForce 920M
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
6200U, GeForce 930M
Heat
-33%
-8%
-13%
-6%
2%
-4%
8%
-8%
Maximum Upper Side *
36
45.6
-27%
39.1
-9%
43.6
-21%
46.8
-30%
35.7
1%
37.6
-4%
29.2
19%
42.5
-18%
Maximum Bottom *
39.2
61
-56%
36.8
6%
45.6
-16%
41
-5%
38.5
2%
40.7
-4%
37.8
4%
46.9
-20%
Idle Upper Side *
27.1
32.5
-20%
30.5
-13%
28.6
-6%
25.2
7%
26
4%
27.1
-0%
25.1
7%
25.8
5%
Idle Bottom *
26.6
34.1
-28%
30.7
-15%
28.5
-7%
25
6%
26.6
-0%
28.3
-6%
25.7
3%
26
2%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

Pink Noise
Pink Noise

The IdeaPad's stereo speakers are situated on the front edge of the device's underside. They produce a strong sound that tends to sound tinny. Using headphones or external speakers is recommendable.

The speakers are situated on the underside
The speakers are situated on the underside

Energy Management

Power Consumption

We measured a maximum idle consumption of 11 watts - an acceptable rate. The rate initially climbed to 60 watts during the stress test. Since the CPU only utilizes its Turbo for a moment, the rate drops to 51 watts. An energy requirement of approximately 42 watts (+/- 5 watts) would be realistic for routine gaming. The power supply has a nominal output of 65 watts.

The power supply has a nominal output of 65 watts
The power supply has a nominal output of 65 watts
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.35 / 0.55 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 6.8 / 10.5 / 11 Watt
Load midlight 41.6 / 51 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
A10-8700P, Radeon R6 M340DX
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
5200U, GeForce 940M
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
A10-8700P, Radeon R8 M365DX
Lenovo Z51-70
5200U, Radeon R9 M375
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
5200U, Radeon R7 M360
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
5200U, GeForce 920M
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
5200U, Radeon R5 M240
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
5010U, GeForce 920M
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
6200U, GeForce 930M
Power Consumption
15%
-19%
20%
31%
31%
30%
40%
12%
Idle Minimum *
6.8
4.8
29%
6.9
-1%
3.3
51%
3.4
50%
4.3
37%
3.6
47%
3.5
49%
4.7
31%
Idle Average *
10.5
7
33%
11
-5%
5.9
44%
6.1
42%
6.5
38%
5.9
44%
5.5
48%
9.9
6%
Idle Maximum *
11
7
36%
12.1
-10%
6
45%
6.2
44%
7.4
33%
5.9
46%
5.7
48%
10.1
8%
Load Average *
41.6
44.5
-7%
61.3
-47%
55.1
-32%
39
6%
33.3
20%
38.2
8%
31.3
25%
36
13%
Load Maximum *
51
58
-14%
66.5
-30%
55.2
-8%
43.3
15%
36.3
29%
47.5
7%
34.7
32%
51
-0%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

The IdeaPad achieves abysmal battery runtimes. Most high-performance gaming laptops provide better rates nowadays. Lenovo's laptop achieved a runtime of 3:03 hours in the real world Wi-Fi test. We simulate the load needed for opening websites via a script. The "Balanced" profile is enabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². The IdeaPad finished the video test after 2:48 hours. We loop the short movie "Big Buck Bunny" (H.264 encoding, 1920x1080 pixels) for this. The Wi-Fi modules are disabled and the screen's brightness is again dimmed to 150 cd/m².

We expect a minimum runtime of 4 hours from a laptop like the IdeaPad in the Wi-Fi and video tests. Many comparable rivals achieve runtimes of 5 to 6 hours here. The IdeaPad cannot even compete with its identically built, Intel-based Z51-70 siblings.

Two screws fix the battery
Two screws fix the battery
It has a capacity of 32 Wh
It has a capacity of 32 Wh
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
6h 05min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
3h 03min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
2h 48min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 49min
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
32 Wh
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
37 Wh
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
41 Wh
Lenovo Z51-70
32 Wh
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
31 Wh
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
40 Wh
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
41 Wh
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
37 Wh
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
45 Wh
Battery Runtime
108%
-5%
56%
83%
91%
92%
89%
89%
Reader / Idle
365
731
100%
222
-39%
666
82%
687
88%
H.264
168
357
113%
154
-8%
315
88%
361
115%
WiFi v1.3
183
347
90%
137
-25%
289
58%
334
83%
337
84%
291
59%
345
89%
345
89%
Load
49
112
129%
75
53%
75
53%
103
110%
101
106%

Pros

+ matte screen
+ Full HD resolution
+ high storage capacity

Cons

- abysmal battery life
- dark and low-contrast screen
- shaky keyboard
- no maintenance hatch

Verdict

In review: Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ. Test model courtesy of Cyberport.de
In review: Lenovo IdeaPad 500-15ACZ. Test model courtesy of Cyberport.de

Although they are rare, they still exist: AMD-based laptops. Lenovo's IdeaPad 500-15ACZ belongs to this category. The installed processor has enough computing power for routine use. The dual graphics solution renders many games smoothly. There is also plenty of storage capacity thanks to the 1 TB hard drive. It is possible to swap the HDD for an SSD. However, the IdeaPad does not have a maintenance hatch; the casing would have to be disassembled. The viewing angle dependent Full HD screen is disappointing. It offers only low brightness and middling contrast. The keyboard is sufficient for home use. Prolific writers should avoid it. The battery life is below par. We expect a lot more here. The two-year warranty unusual for Lenovo is pleasing.

Lenovo does not deliver a masterpiece with its IdeaPad 500-15ACZ. Quite the opposite is true.

The IdeaPad does not shine in any aspect. Not even in terms of price: Lenovo demands almost 600 Euros (~$661) for the laptop. Considerably stronger laptops are found for this price. In other words: Alternative laptops on the performance level of the IdeaPad are available at a lower price.

Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ - 02/27/2016 v5(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
74 / 98 → 75%
Keyboard
71%
Pointing Device
85%
Connectivity
40 / 81 → 50%
Weight
61 / 20-67 → 87%
Battery
68%
Display
75%
Games Performance
56 / 85 → 66%
Application Performance
58 / 92 → 63%
Temperature
94%
Noise
84 / 95 → 88%
Audio
30%
Camera
42 / 85 → 49%
Average
64%
72%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2016-03- 6 (Update: 2018-05-15)